Ramesh has lashed out at public sector undertakings (PSUs) for forcible land acquisitions. He said that their actions led to the displacement of the tribal population and contributed to the growth of Naxalism.
“The record of PSUs in displacements is worse than the record of the private sector. This is a sad truth… that more displacement has been caused by the government and public sector projects than private sector projects…particularly in Naxal areas. And this is why Naxalism has grown in these areas,” he was quoted saying.
He cited the example of a villager agitating against land acquisition who was shot dead nearly two months ago in Keredari block of Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district while criticizing the National Thermal Power Corporation for forcibly acquiring land.
“Companies must also learn to be sensitive, changing aspirations. The NTPC will face a challenge. If there is firing in an NTPC project and people get killed in that firing, they cannot acquire the land…Indian companies still believe that they can use government to forcibly acquire land. That era is gone,” he added.
Ramesh who is rooting for the new land acquisition law Act said that it will protect the rights of the tribals by providing rehabilitation and fair compensation.